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Ripping Yarns



I think ABE Books should start giving me a discount for the number of times I'm directing people to their site. Today, it's to a list of 20 Timeless Tales of Adventure, described by Richard Davies. Lovely covers to look at, as usual.

I was quite surprised to find that I've read nearly all of these books. I would never read Lorna Doone again; one of those drear books that makes a better film. On the other hand, I can't imagine not re-reading The Thirty-Nine Steps at some time. Why does Mr Davies call John Buchan, that son of the manse, 'a stuffy old aristocrat', I wonder?

I'd add one of Dornford Yates's Chandos novels to the list. How about you?

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Oh lovely covers again! I'd add a Flashman (Royal Flash probably) and as a child I was breathless with excitement reading Cue for Treason.

Isn't weather glorious? Finally it feels warm!
Aren't they nice? Interesting that there's to be a film of The Eagle of the Ninth. I don't think I dare see it because those books meant so much to me when I was a child.

Sort of warm... I was sitting outside early this morning but later it would have been too uncomfortable because of the wind.